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a better time for this march on washington. heather headley has finished singing. here comes the president. [ cheers and applause ] >> to the king family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much, to president clinton, president carter, vice president biden, jill, fellow americans. five decades ago today americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. in 1963, almost 200 years after those words were set to paper, a full century after a great war was fought and emancipation proclaimed, that promise, those truths remained unmet. and so they came by the thousands from every corner of our country, men and women, young and old, blacks who longed for freedom and whites who could no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the subjugation of others. across the land congregations sent them off with food and with prayer. in the middle of the
but is it just a ploy to sell books? >>> should marijuana be decriminalized. it is in washington state. >>> and i'm abby huntsman. how do people feel about men and women in power, like their bosses? we'll report how men and women see men and women in power on "the cycle" on august 19th, 2013. ♪ >>> shout out to carol king. we begin with egypt as america focuses on that $1.5 billion in aid we give egypt each year. more than 800 people are confirmed dead since wednesday. that number is expected to go higher. adding the potential for more unrest is this. hosni mubarak might be released while awaiting trial. over the weekend, 25 off-duty egyptian policemen were executed in an ambush. also, 36 prisoners were killed while in custody. there are varying accounts as to what happened there. we're going to take a two-pronged approach. first, the international implications and then the domestic, political side of it here in america. for that we have two people who know. former white house mideast adviser, ambassador mark ginsburg. for the politics of it all, dana millbank. first to you, am
comments from the ambassador there. the washington side from you if we stop giving aid to egypt, then, yes, vladimir putin might come in. then we lose a key ally or change a key ally in that important region. so what has washington got to consider here? >> well, the ambassador was talking about how it all is naval gazing. that, of course, is the great national past time here in the capital. i've just left today's white house briefing that was dominated by that very question of what will happen to that aid. as you would expect, they're making no commitment one way or the other. found many ways to deflect that over the hour. the good news, perhaps, is that congress is still out of session for another few weeks, so no decision actually needs to be made. they won't be forcing anybody's hand. they can wait and see how things develop here. there was no appetite for suspending aid before this most recent crackdown, as we saw on the hill before they left town. obviously, this could change. it seems to me that the administration is saying, all right, we've got a little breathing room, not in terms
. technically, washington is not withholding aid, since they have until the end of the fiscal year, september 30th, to distribute it. speaking of money in washington, the sequester is still haunting all of us. it's the sequester wheel of misfortunate. i know you guys have missed this. six months after its first appearance, we are still calling it sequester savagery. let's be honest, not a lot has chan changed. everyone figured the sequester will never happen. it's just too terrible. but they figured wrong. while the first $85 billion in across the board spending cuts are already happening, the remaining $1.1 trillion in cuts will be with us over the next decade unless congress acts to restore the cash. the next round starts in just six weeks. 650,000 civilian government workers are furloughed this summer. the pentagon's facing $52 billion in additional cuts starting this fall. 57,000 low-income school children are being cut from head start programs. federal judges are warning the cuts are putting public safety at risk. get this, bunnies, yes, even furry bunnies used in government-backed lab test
washington post," the united states, you are turned against us. we no longer respect you. so in effect, when the head of the military is saying we don't want your mediation, we don't want you to interfere in our internal affairs, there's only one thing for the president to do. so stand for our principles. that's why i felt that in effect just merely -- and symbolically. ending these military exercises. remember, it takes two to exercise. it takes two to dance. the egyptian military most likely would not have been willing to participate in exercises this year, which is why i was critical. >> what should he have said? >> i think he should have suspended aid currently in the pipeline. he should have dispatched secretary kerry to meet with the leadership. the egyptian military needs those leaders to continue the facade that there's a face to this regime. >> john, you have a petition with 30,000 signatures against arming the syrian rebels. i totally respect that position. but i also feel like if we don't help the syrian rebels, then we are helping the government. what is your position against arm
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, who was there at the march on washington. who are some of the other people who most americans probably don't know about who put their lives on the line just as those people did? >> well, one very prominent father of the voting rights act is a man named bernard lafayette, who at the age of 21 went to selma as a member of the student nonviolent coordinating committee to try to see if he could build a voting rights movement. before going there, he was told, don't go. the town is just too tough. black people are understandably too scared. the white people are too mean. lafayette said, no, that's where i want to go. so he went there and found that he had some local allies who he worked with. he turned to young people. he turned to high school students, college students to help him get his message out. he held rallies. on the evening of june 11th, 1963, he was actually attacked, almost killed, struck in the head but managed to survive that. when he went to the hospital, he stayed overnight, had some sutures in his head. the next morning he didn't go home to change his clothes, he went back i
's covering barack obama for "the washington post." how you doing, buddy? >> good to see you guys. >> let's start with the surveillance piece of this. the politics on spying and potentially defunding these programs has been shifting rapidly. the president is also speaking, of course, to a large section of the country that is still very upset, both not only about what edward snowden did, but want a the idea we can't get at him. what are the politics here? >> the politics of this, like you said, the nsa programs themselves have become very controversial. you had a vote a couple weeks ago in congress where the majority of democrats voted in a rebuke to the president to defund these programs. the vote failed mainly because republicans were with president obama and aligned with him. that said, i think these issues are a little separate. americans are still very concerned about embassies closing, national security. look at the polls. most americans support these nsa programs. so i think the politics there cut a couple different ways. it's not because these programs from the nsa will ever be out
for middle east peace. we have ayman mohyeldin on the ground. and we have washington post correspondent matt miller. ayman, let's start with you. things are quieter today than they were why i had. we'll start with you. this is far from over, isn't it? >> reporter: you're absolutely correct, abby. to give you a sense how drastic the situation is changing in egypt, on the day where 15 people are killed you get a sense that it's relatively calm compared to what it was yesterday. we say 15 given some of the casualties we've been hearing. now there have been reports across the country of violence. we'll start off here in cairo where supporters of the ousted president carried out an attack on one of the government municipalitiy buildings here. the supporters of the ousted president attacked a government building using molotov cocktails. police had to intervene using tear gas. they issued a statement afterwards saying the police are going to use live ammunition or they have been authorized to use live ammunition in pushing back protesters attacking buildings or churches. in the past 24 hours there
back on august 21st with that alleged chemical weapons attack. >> ayman, thank you. back in washington we have lieutenant colonel anthony schafer, a senior fellow and external communications director at the center for advanced studies and perry bacon, political editor at the grio. colonel, i feel like there's a number of variables in the situation. help me understand what you think are the more important dynamics and what dynamics, if any, i'm completely missing out on. i think we have to consider the impact of iraq/afghanistan, that the country is in a sort of war fatigue. i think we have to consider russia, assad's key ally, as somebody holding us back from acting. i think we have to consider the rebels are not exactly people we may want to be working with. we don't know who the next dictator will be if we support them. also, just being the world's policemen has not gotten us as far as we'd like it to. what dynamics are a part of this? >> all of the above. there's a no-win scenario. it's really nowhere to go. the idea is we've decided to do something. what should that be? this is --
than anything this seems like, you know, a symptom of nothing getting done in washington. if we really want to talk about the way to handle this, it's really looking at the programs that need changing and figuring out how to make those changes. this is really not what they're doing. this is basically a scare tactic in my mind, howard, saying we're not going to come to a deal here. this is our only option. >> first of all, abby, am i allowed to say that we miss you on huff post live. >> at least i still get to see you. >> you can visit her here any time. >> i stel get to see you here. i think the sequester, don't forget the people putting forth the penny plan i think pretty much wouldn't mind if the sequester stayed right where it was. in other words, they may want to try to keep their -- the pedal to the medal on the sequester and do this at the same time which would be a true two front attack on the very role of the federal government, which is, after all, at heart what the tea party is about. you're saying somehow we should do random, arbitrary, thoughtless cuts. that's the goal whet
healthy weight. >>> summer love. that's what president obama hopes to get on his return to washington next week. but for now, the president and the first family continue their summer vacation in martha's vineyard. of course, you already knew that. >> some new video of the president in martha's vineyard stopping to pick up lunch at a popular spot in the community of oak bluffs. >> and today's breaking news concerns onion rings, fried oysters, and french fries. >> whether it's the president hitting the golf course, the lunch and the dinner menu details or michelle and barack's alone time, we're on top of it all. let's bring in nbc's kristen welker who's on martha's vineyard with the president. kristen, what did the president have for lunch today? >> reporter: well tha, that is l a big question mark. i'll get the breaking news as soon as i get the readout from the white house. as you pointed out, he had a lot of fried food yesterday. fried shrimp, fried oysters, french fries. i think he's working some of that off today. he's on the golf course as we speak. this is his third game of golf since
is seeking revenge after its deputy commander was killed last month in a drone strike. meantime in washington, president obama's constantly being updated by his national security team. over the weekend, top congressional leaders were given classified briefings. the concern clearly crosses party lines. >> there's been an awful lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. >> this specific threat that we've been briefed on over and over again has reached a new level. >> nbc's eamon mohyeldin is outside one of those closed embassies in cairo. ayman, we have just learning the shutdown is the result of an interceptive communication between the head of al qaeda and pakistan and the leader of an affiliate group in yemen. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, that's right. the details probably are going to be coming in the coming hours. what we do know is this was an intercept from al qaeda's leader in the pakistan/afghanistan region who oversees the entire official, if you will, branch
of attacks that i was hearing on mr. summers pre-emptively, which is sort of a standard washington exercise that i don't like. because when somebody's worked hard for me and worked hard on behalf of the american people, and i know the quality of those people and i see them getting slapped around in the press for no reason before they've even been nominated for anything, then i want to make sure that somebody is standing up for them. i felt the same way when people were attacking susan rice before she was nominated for anything. so, you know, i tend to defend folks who i think have done a good job and don't deserve attacks. but i consider them both outstanding candidates. my main criteria -- i've stated this before, but i want to repeat it. my main criteria for the fed reserve chairman is somebody who understands they've got a dual manda mandate, a critical part of the job is making sure that we keep inflation in check, that our monetary policy is sound, that the dollar is sound. those are all critical components of the job and we've seen what happens when the feds' not paying attention. you
leadership in washington does not believe this. i'm sitting in philadelphia right now. the very conservative republican senator from pennsylvania pat toomey was quoted as saying that's justshutting down the government isn't the right way to go. he was one of the bomb throwers. he was looking for ways to defund things. he say, look, this isn't the right way for us to go about getting at obama care. we should pick and choose the pieces of it that are best for republicans to try to -- >> but even if they don't actually shut it down, isn't there tremendous value in threatening to shut it down? >> well, sure. you never want to stop negotiating as a hard liner early. there's a value to that. there's a value to riling up the base. there's a value to getting the campaign funding. look, if you're ted cruz and you want to run for president as a conservative in 2016, then perhaps you will do things that move toward a shutdown. for most of the republicans in congress who want to be re-elected time and again, they'll have something different to think about. >> yeah, that'll play well in the general. >> i
from the feds today about pot use. the justice department says it won't sue colorado and washington. the latest states to legalize marijuana. president obama has said in the past that it doesn't make sense for the feds to go after people who carry small amounts of drugs. >>> hard to believe, but katrina made landfall in new orleans eight years ago today. we all know the damage it left behind. more than 1800 people killed as the same number of square miles of coast line lost. if you're a city dweller like me, it's the island of manhattan. >>> frustrated fast food workers are taking it to the streets today in what could be the largest strike yet in their nearly year-long campaign for higher wages. number of major chains have responded insisting they offer opportunities for people that enter the work force at a starting wage and advance from there, but those words are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those striking workers. >> these are people that have families, that have kids. that need to support their kids and families. other people like me, i want to go back to school. i can't
is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons. >> washington had been banking on the u.k. to assist in a strike on syria, but the british parliament said no, we're not going along with that. they voted against military action. we still have france and turkey with us, but the arab league says they will not back retaliatory military strike, denying obama the valuable cover that he thought he was going to get. earlier this afternoon after meeting with the president and the national security council, secretary of state john kerry delivered the administration's most powerful statement to date on this matter. >> we know that the regime has used those weapons multiple times this year. we know that for three days before the attack, the syrian regime's chemical weapons personnel were on the ground, in the area making preparations. we know the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions. we know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods. br
, they're totally missing the point. republicans go to washington to prove that government is ineffective and then they don't participate in the system, thus proving that government sis ineffective and it all functions together. it reminds me of something that jay-z said about a wise man told me don't argue with fools because people can't tell from a distance who is who. so they're saying, oh, look, republicans and democrats are arguing so the democrats must be equally as bad. it's not at all the case. they're trying to prove -- >> no, you're right, toure. i know we're out of time. it reminds me of another jay-z quote. sensitive hugs need thugs. they want to cry about the proposals they put in place. >> i don't have a jay-z quote, but i'll leave it there. i think these numbers just show how people feel about congress. they don't think they're going to work for them. >>> but up next, the future of war. who will be the enemy? how will we fight them? man the robots. stick with us. >> today we are cancelling the a apocalyp apocalyp apocalypse! ♪ okay, a? b? b. a? that's a great choice. let
romney. joining us now is a man who's covered nine presidential campaigns for "the washington post" with stints as political editor and now chief correspondent. he's the author of "collision 2012: obama versus romney and the future of elections in america." honor to have you here, dan. >> great to be here. >> let me start with something you talk about early on. you say, hey, the obama campaign did something really different. we hear a lot about these political celebrities, the ad men, et cetera. you say the soul of the campaign was this vaunted field operation, the door knockers. and that obama, especially in the re-election, managed to fuse them with the internet in a new way. what happened there? >> well, the soul of the campaign is the ground operation because obama had always said i want this to be a grassroots operation. what they did was took what they had done in 2008, which seemed pretty significant and mold breaking, and just went beyond it by a significant margin. their ability to marry up new technology, to take advantage of social media, to develop new software tools, a
is my highest priority. i've got to say it's not always washington's priority. a good job with good wages, a good education, a h
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